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    Used to be a hitman

    - My cousin used to commit rape and used to be a loan-shark, a wood smuggler and a hitman. The police is trying to hunt him down urgently.

    - Are these sentences natural to say?

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    Re: Used to be a hitman

    I agree with Gillnetter that "wood smuggler" seems a bit out of place crime-wise with rape, loan sharking and taking out contacts on people's lives. Wood smuggling is a crime that only occurs in certain areas (to be honest, it's unheard of in the US), so if you were speaking to someone in an area where wood smuggling is common, then the sentence would make sense. Otherwise, if you are trying to convey the cousin's evil-ness to a more universal audience, you should probably just say "smuggler".


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